In September 2019, Facebook, Microsoft, the University of Oxford and several other universities teamed up to launch the Deepfake Detection Challenge with the aim of supercharging research. They pooled together a huge resource of deepfake videos for researchers to pit their detection systems against. Deeptrace, a company set up to combat this, says in just the eight months between April and December 2019, deepfakes rocketed by 70 per cent to 17,000. One of the aims of the US initiative, launched in 2013, is to map all the neurons in the brain as well as their connections. Starting with the mouse brain, the view is to move towards the same goal in humans.

  • The stunning $44 billion deal was wrapped up just three weeks after Musk first disclosed a 9.2% stake in the firm, and 11 days after he announced his “best and final” offer of $54.20 a share for the rest of the company.
  • All this means is that if you decide to invest in improving your home workspace, the monitor needn’t go back into the cupboard when it’s safe to go outside again.
  • Edtech platform Vedantu has laid off 424 more employees, nearly 7 per cent of its workforce, as the online education space shrinks in the country.

As proof of the strong need for cybersecurity professionals, the number of cybersecurity jobs is growing three times faster than other tech jobs. According to Gartner, by 2025, 60% of organizations will use cybersecurity risk as a primary determinant in conducting third-party transactions and business engagements. We can lock our doors remotely if we forget to when we leave for work and preheat our ovens on our way home from work, all while tracking our fitness on our Fitbits.

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AI is now well-known for its presence in image and speech recognition, ride-sharing apps, mobile personal assistants, navigation apps, and various other applications. Innovation, agility, and market development are all accelerated by technological advancements. Dreams of exploiting the bizarre realm of quantum mechanics to create super-powerful computers have been around since the 1980s. Complex data, like weather patterns or climate changes, will be crunched though in the fraction of the time. SpaceX is planning to launch 12,000 satellites over the next few years to create its StarLink constellation, with thousands more being deployed by other companies. More satellites mean more chances of collisions and more space debris as a result.

These new networks will empower entirely new fields of tech, from driverless cars, drone air traffic control to peer-to-peer virtual reality. The next 10 years looks to be no different, only now we can add fingerprints, genetic profiles and face scans to the list of information we hand over. MindLAMP can compare a battery of psychological tests with health tracking apps to keep an eye on your wellbeing and mental acuity.

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The same scientists propose controlling grey squirrels with gene drives, in order to save the UK’s native reds. The tech world is hoping it can turn back the clock on climate change by removing carbon emissions. You couldn’t yet call these xenobots living organisms, though, as they don’t, for example, eat or reproduce. Since they can’t utilise food, they also ‘die’, or at least decompose, and quickly, meaning there’s no obvious hazard to the environment or people. Today, though, biologists are starting to find ways to organise single cells into collectives capable of performing simple tasks. They’re tiny machines, or as biologist Josh Bongard at the University of Vermont refers to them, ‘xenobots’.

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And of course, the laptop comes with a true mechanical keyboard to provide satisfying clicks with each key press. If you need help justifying the outlay, we’re told all this machinery means it’s pretty adept if you need to do a bit of video or audio editing. Sony’s new speaker system is designed for those that want to get serious home cinema surround sound, without having to spend time and effort draping wires around your living room. The HT-A9 system is essentially a set of four wireless speakers that talk to a control box plugged directly into your TV.

Streamers will appreciate the zero-latency monitoring, and anyone who does podcasting will be thankful for the multi-directional recording for all potential interviewing situations. It also has a universal screw mount so you can easily adapt it to any kit you already have. The Fryu is primarily aimed at streamers and gamers, and as all good gaming peripherals should be, is sturdy and black, with LEDs that you can change colour depending on your mood with the push of a button. As well as new hardware, the accompanying app has also had an upgrade, bringing with it auto-unlock to avoid fumbling around with keys, theft and crash detection, and even an air quality monitor for planning a smog-free route through town.